Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

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  • TV-14
  • 2016
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.9  (6,408)

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is a riveting documentary series that explores the controversial Church of Scientology and its impact on several former members who have left the organization. The show first premiered on A&E in 2016, and over the course of three seasons, it dove deep into the shadowy world of Scientology, the tactics used by the organization to control its members, and the long-lasting effects that leaving the Church can have on one's life.

The show is anchored by Leah Remini, a former Scientologist herself, who became a vocal critic of the organization after leaving in 2013. Alongside Remini are several other former Scientologists, including Mike Rinder and Mary Kahn, who provide their own personal stories and insights into the inner workings of the Church. Throughout the show, they speak candidly about their experiences with Scientology, and detail the ways in which it impacted their lives.

The first season of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath begins with an overview of the Church, its origins, and the beliefs that make it unique. From there, the show delves into the darker side of Scientology, exploring the allegations of abuse, intimidation, and harassment that have been leveled against the Church over the years. Remini and her fellow former Scientologists interview numerous other ex-members who share their own disturbing experiences, including forced abortions, physical abuse, and emotional manipulation.

The second season of the show focuses more closely on the aftermath of leaving Scientology, with Remini and her team exploring the challenges that many former members face as they try to rebuild their lives outside of the organization. They speak with people who have lost loved ones due to Scientology's disconnection policy, which requires members to cut off all contact with anyone deemed to be an enemy of the Church. They also explore the extreme level of control that Scientology exerts over its members, which can leave them feeling lost and directionless once they leave.

By the third and final season of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the show had become a major force for change, helping to bring attention to the abuses of the Church and inspiring other former members to speak out. The season delves deeper into Scientology's criminal activities, including allegations of human trafficking and forced labor. It also explores the ways in which Scientology has worked to silence its critics, including Remini herself.

Throughout the series, Remini, Rinder, and Kahn serve as passionate advocates for anyone who has been hurt by Scientology. They speak about the importance of holding the Church accountable for its actions, and urge others to speak out and share their own stories. The result is a powerful and moving series that sheds light on one of the most secretive and controversial organizations in the world, and gives a voice to those who have been silenced for far too long.

In conclusion, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is an enthralling and informative documentary series that sheds light on one of the most mysterious and controversial organizations in the world. With the help of passionate advocates like Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, and Mary Kahn, the show exposes the dark side of Scientology and gives a voice to those who have been hurt by it. It's a must-watch for anyone interested in understanding the inner workings of one of the world's most notorious cults.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (39 episodes). The series first aired on December 19, 2016.

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Waiting for Justice
11. Waiting for Justice
August 26, 2019
Filmed for the first time in front of a live studio audience, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder explore stories of how Church of Scientology policies have hindered members from reporting instances of abuse and sexual assault to the authorities. They will speak to a number of ex-Scientologists who share their stories of abuse at the hands of other Scientologists, and describe how these policies are aimed at preventing the alleged crimes from becoming public. The episode will also feature a panel of legal, psychological and law-enforcement experts, who provide insight into the impact Scientology's practices have had on its former parishioners and advise how they can seek justice and effect change in the future.
Church and State
10. Church and State
February 5, 2019
Leah and Mike speak with Jay Wexler, an expert in constitutional law, to discuss the remarkable story of Scientology’s journey to tax-exempt status. Mike and Leah also talk with Lt. Yulanda Williams, a police officer, about law enforcement’s community engagement strategies.
Buying a Town Part 2
9. Buying a Town Part 2
January 29, 2019
Former Church of Scientology members discuss the abuse they suffered after leaving the organization.
Buying a Town
8. Buying a Town
January 22, 2019
In 1974, operating under an alias, the Church of Scientology moved into Clearwater, Florida, and proceeded to make the city its spiritual headquarters. In 1977, an FBI raid uncovered the Church’s secret plans to take over the city. In this episode, Leah and Mike visit Clearwater and speak to some of the city’s most prominent Scientology critics.
Gilman Springs Road
7. Gilman Springs Road
January 15, 2019
In a remote corner of Riverside County, Calif., lies Scientology’s International Base, a compound that houses the church’s most dedicated members. In this episode, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, a former occupant of International Base (“Gold Base”), speak with four other former high-ranking residents who reveal their shocking stories behind the locked gates.
The Collection Agency
6. The Collection Agency
January 8, 2019
Over the past two seasons, we've shown how Scientology is a "pay-as-you-go" organization, but what tactics does the church use to get the money? What about those who can't afford to pay?
Ideal Orgs
5. Ideal Orgs
January 1, 2019
Under the leadership of David Miscavige, Scientology has been purchasing large buildings to use as upgraded church locations, celebrated as “Ideal Orgs.” The church claims that the new buildings signal the rapid expansion of Scientology, but former members and critics say otherwise. In this episode, Leah and Mike interview Paul Burkhart, a former Ideal Org architect, and Bert Schippers, a former Scientologist who was a major Ideal Org donor.
Where Is Shelly?
4. Where Is Shelly?
December 18, 2018
Family members report trouble getting access to loved ones at Scientology's Gold Base in Riverside County, California; Leah and Mike lend support to a niece of a former high-ranking Scientology executive as she travels to check on her uncle.
Unlikely Pairing
3. Unlikely Pairing
December 11, 2018
In recent years the head of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan, publicly embraced Dianetics and the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard and supported their use in NOI Mosques.
Spies Like Us
2. Spies Like Us
December 4, 2018
Cierra Westerman was recruited out of a Florida private investigator school to spy on critics of the Church of Scientology.
Star Witness
1. Star Witness
November 27, 2018
Scientology's Gold Base in Riverside County, California, has been shrouded in mystery for years. The heavily guarded compound houses up to 1,000 members of the Sea Org, the church's elite inner core. Ex-members who have left report harsh working conditions, abuse and the existence of a double-wide trailer housing facility known as "The Hole." In a rare insider's view of Gold, Valerie Haney tells of her years as Scientology first lady Shelly Miscavige's personal steward and how after two decades in the Sea Org, with conditions at the base leading her to contemplate suicide, Valerie makes a bold move.
The Jehovah's Witnesses
100. The Jehovah's Witnesses
November 13, 2018
For the very first time, Leah and Mike meet with former members of a different organization--the Jehovah's Witnesses. In this special 2-hour episode, a panel of contributors open up and share their personal stories.
Emotional Aftermath
101. Emotional Aftermath
November 18, 2018
How does it feel to lose your entire belief system? How does it feel to come to believe everything you've been told--the foundation of who you are isn't based in truth? How do you let go of the anger?
Where to Watch Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is available for streaming on the A&E website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath on demand at Philo, Netflix, Amazon, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    December 19, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    8.9  (6,408)